Elon Musk threatens Tim Cook over Apple-OpenAI deal



New York: Elon Musk said that he would ban Apple devices at his companies if the iPhone maker integrates OpenAI at the operating system level. This comes as Tim Cook’s company announced several AI features across its apps and operating platforms and a partnership with OpenAI to bring the ChatGPT technology to its devices.

“That is an unacceptable security violation,” Elon Musk said in a post on X, adding, “And visitors will have to check their Apple devices at the door, where they will be stored in a Faraday cage,” he said.

Apple said it built AI with privacy “at the core” and would use a combination of on-device processing and cloud computing to power those features.

On this Elon Musk said, “It’s patently absurd that Apple isn’t smart enough to make their own AI, yet is somehow capable of ensuring that OpenAI will protect your security & privacy!”

Ben Bajarin, CEO of consulting firm Creative Strategies, said as per news agency Reuters that Apple was trying to educate people that private cloud was as secure as keeping data on a device.

“What (Apple) is trying to now add to the narrative is when (data) leaves and goes to the secure private cloud, it’s similarly taking that same user data anonymization and firewalling of that information to you. Apple really never sees that,” he said.

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